Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession
On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Carnegie hosted a webinar with panelists:
- Anne Colby, Consulting Professor at Stanford University, former Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- William M. Sullivan, Senior Scholar at the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College, former Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Business is the most popular undergraduate major in U.S. higher education. The panelists argue that business education can be strengthened by supporting key elements of liberal learning integrated with business disciplines. They believe that this integration will help students acquire tools for advancing their business careers and also help students understand the place of business in larger institutional contexts, think creatively, and develop wise, ethically grounded professional judgment.
During the broadcast, the presenters:
- Articulated their conception of liberal learning
- Explained why liberal learning is essential for a comprehensive business education
- Provided examples of effective curricula that integrate liberal and business learning
- Outlined recommendations that will help business students move beyond technical expertise to deeper and more creative understanding of their chosen field, the broader world in which it operates, and the significance of these for their own life choices and directions
This webinar drew from a new Carnegie/Jossey-Bass book, Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession, by Colby, Sullivan, Thomas Ehrlich and Jonathan R. Dolle with a foreword by Lee S. Shulman.